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Second Time Visitors

Hi all,

We visited last October, and loved it so much my partner wants to return for his birthday (30 Dec) so we'll also be taking in NYE.

We visited Saschenhausen, Topogrophy of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie, the Gate and a few of the other big name places.

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations of things to see no necessarily on a 'must - do list'

We are both very interested in History, Museums, Music (Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Blues)

We loved the Wild at Heart Bar and Tiki joint next door - so if anyone has any recommendations of bars/shops that would be similar that would be great

Many Thanks

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I'm sorry, I should add we also took a half day city tour, and would consider doing others if anyone can recommend any in particular.

We don't mind travelling out for sites either, but we will not be travelling with a car!

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Take one of the Spree- Landwehrkanal boat tours. Gives you a good sense where the City division used to be. I would defintely spend a day in Potsdam. I took the Ho/Ho bus there. Very interesting, also from a historical perspective - - - the Cecilienhof, where the Potsdam meeting was toward the end of WWII, and the "forbidden city" of the Russian KPG and, naturally, the famous palace of King Frederick of Prussua. . .

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Following through on boat tours, do one of the Stern und Kreis trips on the Havel. The Seven Lakes trip is beautiful: it takes you to Glienicke Brücke, where spies were exchanged during the Cold Wat, and to the Pfaueninsel. If you'd like to combine the trip with a great walk, get off the boat at Glienicke, admire the bridge and Schloss Glienicke and the other buildings, especially Schinkel's Casino, and walk through Schlosspark Glienicke and along the banks of the Havel to the Pfaueninsel. The walk takes about an hour. the Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island) a nature reserve, with peacocks wandering around. it's a delightful place to wander around yourself, and there is a nice Wirtshaus (Inn) on the mainland side of the Havel where the boat docks). A good place to sit down and have a bite to eat before crossing on the 3-minute, 3-euro ferry to the island.

…sternundkreis.de/en/SundK/Home/K256.htm…

As you're clearly interested in WWII and Cold War/Wall sites, there are many others you'd be interested to see. The Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse, the Bendlerblock, the Memorial at Plötzensee, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Jewish cemetery at Weissensee, and the three small museums in the courtyard next to the Hackescher Höfe in Rosenthaler Strasse: the Otto Weidt Memorial, the Silent Heroes Museum, and the Anne Frank Zentrum.

Since you've done the general tour, why not do the Third Reich tour, or the Cold War tour?

http://www.insidertour.com/

Berlin Walks do similar tours too.

Edited: 7:10 pm, August 01, 2013
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Wow some fantastic Ideas there, thankyou so much for your help, they seem very much the type of thing we'd look to do.

For Potsdam - it is nice to wonder, but difficult to really explore the History alone - is there a tour recommeded?

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> is there a tour recommeded?<

Insider Tours and Berlin Walks both do Potsdam tours. Is it recommended? Yes and no. Yes for a general view and look around with a running commentary on the historical background; no because the tours don't take you inside any of the buildings, and they are all worth visiting: not just Schloss Sanssouci, but all the others in the park.

I should have mentioned that the walk I described earlier, from Glienicke to the Pfaueninsel, takes you along the Berlin Wall route: the Havel was the dividing line between East and West, and if you do this walk you'll see several explanatory plaques along the way.

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i can recommend a visit to the stassi prison for a different perspective on the suffering in east germay. as i had previously had visited a concentration camp, i decided to visit the stassi prison and i was "glad" that i did as i felt it widened my perspective and understanding. check their website as you have to do it via a guided tour. easily accesible via the tram

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Here is the link to the Hohenschönhausen Memorial, the stasi prison suggested above. It's a good suggestion.

en.stiftung-hsh.de/document.php…

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8. Re: Second Time Visitors

Getting away from sightseeing mode for a moment, I'm sure you would enjoy spending a little time exploring some of Berlin's wonderful (even in winter - and if there is snow, especially in winter) open spaces. If you haven't wandered through the Tiergarten, it should be on your to-do list: it's an enormous park, larger in area (I'm guessing here) that all of London's major parks put together, and just as beautiful - more so, actually, and I say that as a fellow south Londoner who has lived a few minutes from London's most beautiful (Greenwich) park for 50 years. Treptower Park, Volkspark Friedrichshain, and Volkspark Humboldthain are just a few more of the many possibilities. And there are smaller parks everywhere: Berlin is Europe's greenest city.

And what about the museums? Berlin has more than its share of excellent museums, some of the best in the world. All five of the museums of the Museum Island could easily be on your list - and in the Kulturform the Gemäldegalerie (European painting). Also in the Kulturforum is the Kunstgewerbemuseum (decorative arts) - and the Neue Nationalgalerie (20th-century art) is nearby.

And those are just the art museums. See here for a complete list of all the State museums:

www.smb.museum/smb/home/index.php?lang=en

Edited: 5:30 am, August 07, 2013
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If I only had one full day to see things in Berlin, I think a tour company would be the way to go. I will be visiting Germany for the first time this weekend on business and will have the following weekend free to sight see. Will be staying in Hamburg. Thought about looking around Hamburg Saturday, taking a train to Berlin on Sunday. Any advice on what tour company to use in either place. Will have a car in Hamburg. Thanks for any advice. --interests: history, architecture, scenery...big into photography.

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